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About Toryu

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  1. Neat job. All cleaned up and ready for surrender
  2. Looks very appealing in its black guise. Great job on the conversions, too!
  3. That's a nice idea - unfinished D-day stripes. Saw this Eagle Strike decal drawing full of antenna wires. Don't do them, please - VIII Fighter Command didn't have any HF radios.
  4. Are Japanese combat planes, which were operational during this period, admitted?
  5. Love it! I must build a 20th FG bird to complete my Eighth Air Force collection
  6. The GB was well timed. I, too, expect that there will be a redundant amount of 1/48 Airfix and Eduard D-models. Not from me, though
  7. O - those happy WWI fixed gear modellers!
  8. Agree with @BIG X. For prop modellers it creates an additional realism issue. Besides, I love to model props, open cockpits and occasional engine displays. Undercarriages aren‘t actually my favourite parts, though
  9. Hi @Spitfire31 Thanks for the picture which is very helpful for this discussion. When you look very closely you may see a difference in the surface between wing and tailplane. The tailplane skin doesn't droop (very flat) and there are no scallops at the trailing edge. This is due to the thin alloy skinning which was possibly fixed by spot-welding (not sure if they had this technique already) or by screwing on. Actually the whole tail is all-metal, not just the elevators. We could have some doubts regarding the ailerons but "Curtiss Hawks in action" states that all control surfaces were all-metal. I guess Curtiss had to follow Boeing whose F4B-3 received all-metall tails and ailerons (though easier to discern due to the corrugated sheets being used). Both companies were in a tough competition at that time. Sorry for the digression Thorfinn. Cheers, Michael
  10. All colours that you point out are the same zinc-chromate judged by my colour-perception ability (which may not be perfect). Since this colour is replicated in the engine compartment and the open fuselage hatch it should definitely be zinc-chromate since those areas were not normally painted interior green. It is possible, but not very likely, that the yellow cockpit areas have received a second coat of greenish primer (which was usually used for second-coating). The "Curtiss cockpit green" can be seen on the inner cockpit side wall and underneath the headrest frame on the fuselages facing forward. Sorry, Phantome, for this digression. Cheers, Michael
  11. All control surfaces had a metall frame and metal skin, but of course not riveted! A very pleasant model Thorfinn! I converted mine to BFC-2 status many years ago. It will need a major overhaul now, I'm afraid. I like the colours you used - they have a nice luster. Just one remark if you don't mind: Navy painting instructions called for aluminium dope on all fabric surfaces like the wings and for light grey (aircraft grey) on all metal parts, e.g. the fuselage. This changed with SR-15b to overall aluminium in ca. 1937. Curtiss actually got an exemption to paint theirs in aluminium earlier. Thus the F11C may have already appeared in overall silver (except upper wing). On monochrome pictures this change is often obscured because the shimmer of aluminium dope on fabric and lacquer on metal was different, too. I posted this question a year ago here because I wanted to be sure my BFC-2 was overall silver. Cheers, Michael
  12. Great job on the engine, the rigging and the metal cowling parts! The model looks as fragile as the real thing.
  13. I built 1/72 at first and 1/32 later when I was a child/youngster. In 1976 I changed over to 1/48 mainly because more of my favourite topic, Japanese planes, became available in better detail. Ever since I stayed with this scale still struggling with completing certain collections due to time constraints. Recently I rescued some of my early models and 'repaired' them. The experience was interesting; I realised that 1/72 is very small and fiddly and most of my scrap material would be oversized, and 1/32 looks very toy-like to me now (at least the normal size WWII fighter). So, I'll carry on with my scale and also with my limited number of subjects. If I'd wander off it would be into another air force topic like Soviet or French WWII rather than a different scale. Whenever I need a 'break' I build an airfield vehicle or figures that compliment my planes. The screen size of Britmodeller exhibits makes it easy, however, to admire all scales, which are sometimes difficult to differentiate.
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